Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final with Manchester City after beating Real Madrid 2-0 in the semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge 3-1.
Timo Werner gave Chelsea the lead (28) and nodded under the bar into the empty net after Kai Havertz’s chip hit the wood before Real rode their luck when the hosts missed four big chances in the first 20 minutes of the game, theirs Leadership to double second period.
The hosts finally got their second chance to end the tie within five minutes when Mason Mount captured substitute Christian Pulisic’s center at close range, putting in a good performance and marking an exceptional turnaround at the club since Thomas Tuchel joined in January .
Chelsea will now play in the third Champions League final (2008 and 2012) in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29, and after 2008 (Man Utd-Chelsea) and 2019 (Liverpool-Tottenham) only have the third all-English Champions League League final disputed. as Manchester City try to complete a highs.
Chelsea: Mendy (8); Christensen (7), Thiago Silva (7), Rüdiger (8), Azpilicueta (7), Kante (8), Jorginho (7), Chilwell (7), Mount (7), Havertz (7), Werner (7)
Subs: Pulisic (7), James (NA), Ziyech (NA), Giroud (NA)
Real Madrid: Courtois (7); Nacho (5), Militao (4), Ramos (6), Mendy (5), Kroos (6), Modric (6), Casemiro (5), Hazard (4), Vinicius Junior (5), Benzema (6)
Subs: Valverde (5), Asensio (5), Rodrygo (NA), Mariano (NA)
Man of the game: N’Golo Kante
Full English: When is the Champions League final?
This year’s final between Chelsea and Manchester city will take place in Istanbul on Saturday May 29th.
Ataturk Olympic Stadium was famous for the Champions League showdown in 2005 when Liverpool beat AC Milan 3-0 on penalties at halftime.
UEFA has not yet confirmed the kick-off, but says that detailed information on the game’s capacity, travel and ticket details will be made public by the end of the week.
How Chelsea booked a ticket to Istanbul with another shut-out
Real Madrid had to score a goal in west London and only gave former Chelsea favorite Eden Hazard, largely ineffective in his old homeland, his second start in three months, but it was the hosts who made the most early moves.
Chelsea aimed on the right side of Real’s defense; Mount’s cross-shot forced a save from Thibaut Courtois, another ex-blues player, while Werner converted from close range from Ben Chilwell’s center, only to be sidelined. Only Jamie Vardy was sidelined more often than Werner (36) in all competitions this season.
After Edouard Mendy saved Karim Benzema’s shot on goal brilliantly and saved it with a fingertip, Chelsea soon celebrated the start.
Werner was involved in the start of the train and held the ball well in a brilliant one-two with N’Golo Kante, who picked Havertz in the penalty area. Havertz’s chip rose over Courtois and hit the crossbar, but fell on Werner, who was in the right place at the right time, to simply nod the ball over the line.
The hit-and-miss character of Werner’s debut England season was embodied just minutes later when Chelsea overtook with men and the German international picked the wrong pass before Mendy had to be at his best again to score a Benzema header from Luka tilt Modric’s cross.
Forty-five minutes after a Champions League final, Chelsea only had to concede one goal, which they had made specialists under Tuchel and recorded 18 in their 24 responsible games.
But they came out and wanted to blow Real out with an attack bolt in the second half.
Havertz almost made the task even harder for Real when he headed Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal against the crossbar while Thiago Silva went over the head unmarked after a Chilwell free kick. Werner’s good robbery work then left Mount free at an angle in the box, only that the England international shot over the bar.
Despite one of the best defensive records in the Premier League since Tuchel joined, Chelsea’s shot conversion rate is among the lowest (17th), and this was again evident when Courtois Havertz refused to score.
Eden Hazard started against his old club, only his second start for Real Madrid since January, and Sergio Ramos also returned from injury to reach the XI, replacing the injured Raphael Varane.
Federico Valverde missed from the start and Marcelo dropped on the bench for Ferland Mendy.
Chelsea made a change from the first leg when Kai Havertz replaced Christian Pulisic.
At this point, Real was lucky when Kante mimicked Havertz’s miss, which Courtois denied after a goal from Werner, before Thiago Silva took a wide look at her from a corner of the mountain.
Somehow Real were still tied in the closing stages but Chelsea eventually made it through Mount. Chelsea broke numbers for the umpteenth time in the second half and found their clinical advantage when Pulisic sat down to play for Mount, who turned home to evoke a tremendous amount of relief and joy from both players and staff.
Including the missed opportunities, this was a typical Chelsea performance and with the FA Cup semi-final victory as evidence there is a real feeling that Tuchel’s side can really test Pep Guardiola’s frenzied side in Istanbul.
What the managers said
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “This was another energetic performance full of positive attitudes and hunger for the spirit to go. Their heads were never lowered. Even after these great opportunities they were positive. We’re not done yet, we’re now in two finals and the victim that I gave personally has paid off from day one. “
“I’m pretty happy with what I see. [When I arrived] I thought individually and as a group they were strong and had great behavior and that never stopped. It is a pleasure to be in the locker room.
“We stay tuned and fight our way through, we use our bodies and our pace of work, and when we can’t play them off, we work them out. They haven’t stepped back, they never got frustrated, I never saw a change in terms of mentality or body language, it was very positive and very brave. We didn’t regress. We really wanted it, we really wanted it. “
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane: “We tried but Chelsea were the better team today and you have to congratulate them. I also want to congratulate my players on what we have done this season. We tried but we had one team to do that was better than. ” us today. “
Opta Statistics – Waterproof Chelsea
- Chelsea have played 18 clean sheets in 24 games under Thomas Tuchel in all competitions (75 percent), compared to 26 in 84 games under his predecessor Frank Lampard (31 percent).
- Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has played eight clean sheets in the Champions League this season, the most any goalkeeper has ever scored for an English club in a single season.
- Chelsea manager Tuchel has also led PSG to the 2019/20 Champions League final and is the first manager to reach the European Cup / Champions League final in consecutive seasons with different clubs.
- It is only the eighth time that two teams from the same nation have contested the final. Spanish teams also do this three times – in 2000 (Real Madrid against Valencia) and in 2014 and 2016 (Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid).
- This marked the second time Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane lost a two-legged UEFA Champions League draw in 13 attempts and lost to Manchester City in the last 16 in 2019-20.
What’s next for Chelsea to compete for the top 4?
Chelsea now go to Man City Football on Saturday night, live on the Sky Sports Premier League at 5:30 p.m., knowing that a City win includes the Premier League title for Pep Guardiola’s side.
On Wednesday evening, she will receive Arsenal in the Premier League and at 8.15 p.m. live in the Sky Sports Premier League.
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And what’s next for Real in the La Liga title race?
Real Madrid host Sevilla in the league on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. and are currently two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Four games of the season are still pending.